UPCOMING EVENTS

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APRIL 1-27

Retrospective Oscars

All April long via Google forms, with results and prize drawings announced on social media April 27 – Use Penn Yan Public Library’s very unofficial Oscar ballot to cast your votes for your favorite overlooked or underappreciated films and creators.  At the end of the month, we’ll draw three names from among those who participated to win some great cinephile prizes, like theater candy, gift certificates, movie posters, and DVDs!  Fill in our ballot here: http://bit.ly/pyoscars


APRIL 10-30

Trash & Mask Cleanup Challenge

Celebrate Earth Day and get some exercise, too! Penn Yan Public Library invites youth ages 8 to 18 to get outside and pick up litter – whoever picks up the most will win a $15 gift certificate to the Keuka Candy Emporium. A special $5 bonus gift certificate will go to whoever picks up the most discarded masks. Beginning April 10, share pictures of what you've picked up using #PYPLCleanup or email them to info@pypl.org by 5pm on April 30. We'll announce the winner at noon on May 1. Please follow all public health guidelines and use common sense when picking up litter.


APRIL 21

Walk-In Mammograms 

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital will be offering “Walk-In Screening Mammograms” Wednesday, April 21 in Penn Yan. The screening mammograms will be offered from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Department at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, 418 North Main Street. 3D Mammography is provided at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast-imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. Patients do not need a referral nor will they incur a copay for a screening mammogram. For uninsured patients, the CSP of the Finger Lakes Region provides free screenings for colorectal, cervical and breast cancers for uninsured men and women. Please call (877) 803-8070 to see if you are eligible for a free screening. For more information, please call (315) 531-2544. To view the full schedule of walk in screening mammograms please visit flhealth.org/events.

Tales With Tails 

Wednesday, April 21, 3 p.m., Dundee Library – Our kiddos have chosen a Little Red Riding Hood MysteryTheater theme for their production! We are creating our own script, designing our own set, costumes, and sound effects!  We can’t wait to present this production to you this Summer!  

Girls Who Code

Wednesday,  April 21, 4 pm, Dundee Library – Girls in grades 3rd-5th and 6th-12th try something new this year!  This club is for you if you enjoy computer science and/or coding.  We are mixing things up this month by working on our Girls Who Code page, STEM  and coding activities and reading about other Girls and Women Who Code.  We are reading the second book in the companion series:  Please call 607-243-5938 with questions. 


APRIL 22

Story Time: Nature and Art

Thursday, April 22, 10:30 am, Dundee Library & Dundee Library Facebook Page – Celebrate nature and art with our three story time selections this week In A Jar by Marcero, Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka.and Red Sing’s From the Rooftops by Joyce Sidman. 

Dundee Area Food Pantry

Thursday, April  22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca St., Dundee. Drive through protocol with masks is still in place. Three bags will contain canned soups, vegetable and fruit, juice, cereal, pasta or rice, canned/frozen meat, beans and more. This mission is open to all residents of the Dundee Central School District. For more information, please call Charlene Stanton at 607-243- 8371 or Lew Ann Giles at 607-243-5935. 

Aspiring Chefs: Poetry and Tea Time

Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m., Dundee Library Facebook Page – April is National Poetry Month!  Lure an unlikely audience into listening to or creating poetry during a tea time with raspberry linzer cookies.  

Elevate Youth: Earth Day Seed Bombs (Ages 4—18)

April 22, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Yates Community Center, 467 North Main Street, Penn Yan – Earth Day might come once a year, but we can keep the spirit of Earth Day alive all year long. Planting seeds is a wonderful kick-off to spring and summer and learning how to make seed bombs is a great way to get your planting started. Super easy and fun to make, start a new tradition this Earth Day. Bonus, you can give these seed bombs as gifts! After making your seed bombs take a nature scavenger hike on the YCC trails. This is such a fun way to explore nature for Earth Day. Nature color wheels will be available to explore color in nature. This event is FREE but supplies are limited, so please register by calling 315-536-3354 or email contact@yatescc.org

"How Nestlé Sweetened Life in Upstate New York"

The Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes in partnership with the Geneva Historical Society, will present the virtual program, "How Nestlé Sweetened Life in Upstate New York" by Central New York historian and author Jim Farfaglia Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

For nearly 100 years, Fulton, New York, was known as the city that smelled like chocolate. As home to Nestlé’s first (and largest) United States factory, it was there that Nestlé Quik and the Crunch Bar were invented, and Toll House Morsels poured off assembly lines. The story of why Nestlé’s Swiss founders chose Fulton for their production is one of our country’s most inspiring success stories. This presentation by the author of a book on Nestlé’s history in Fulton combines research from the company’s archives and interviews with its former workers.

To attend the virtual meeting, you need a device, internet connection, and email address. To register go to https://genevahistoricalsociety.com/ The necessary login information will be sent to you via email 24 hours prior to the program. For any problems with registration or to register by phone, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151. Registrations are limited to 100 people and must be complete before 12 noon, April 22, the day of the program.


APRIL 23

STEM On The Go :  Birds

Friday, April 23, Pickup from 2 - 5 pm, Dundee Library – Love STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering & Math).  This month it is all about the beeks, of birds that is. Week one:  Eat Like A Bird I, Diets of Birds.  Week two:  Eat Like A Bird 2, Actually try to eat like a bird.  Week three: Build Your Own Bird Feeder.   Week four:  How Tweet It Is.  Week five:  How Sweet It Is. 


APRIL 24

Chicken Barbecue

Chicken Barbecue by Gale-Wyn Catering on Saturday April 24 starting at 11 a.m. at Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan.  Take out dinner -$10 or chicken half- $7. Dinner includes chicken half, macaroni salad, salt potatoes, and roll. Sponsored by Penn Yan Presbyterian Women.

Resilient Penn Yan: Fire + Flood Film Discussion

Saturday, April 24, 3 pm on Zoom - The groundbreaking film Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change tracks the impacts of the near-simultaneous disasters of Hurricane Maria and the California wildfires, exploring “the vulnerability of LGBTQ+ communities to climate disasters.”  How does this relate to Yates County, and what should we do about it?  Please call us at (315) 536-6114 or email us at info@pypl.org for the link to the film, and register for the Zoom discussion on the 24th at http://bit.ly/pyfireflood.  PYPL is supported in this effort by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and this session is co-hosted by Keuka Compass.  Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association.

Village of Dresden and DVFD open house

Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon – The Dresden Fire Department and The Village of Dresden will be hosting an open house. During this time the Village of Dresden will have their offices and bays open for tours and answer questions you may have. The Fire Department will also have the station open for tours. The Fire Department will also be doing an Auto Extrication Demonstration with a vehicle and our new extrication tools. There will also be free refreshments, and it is open to the public and everyone is highly encouraged to attend. This will also be a recruitment event for the Dresden Fire Department as we participate in the statewide Recruit NY.


APRIL 26

Maker Monday

Monday, April 26, Pickup from 2 - 5 pm, Dundee Library – Make your Monday great with our Maker  Monday kits.  Our treasure chest is now located next to the indoor book drop using the back entrance to the library.    This is a passive program you can share with your family on your own schedule!  Activities will vary each week, some will be crafts or STEM/STEAM based activities.  Each kit will include essential supplies for the activity, but will not include scissors, tape, glue, markers, or crayons.


APRIL 28

Red Cross Blood Drive 

A Yates County American Red Cross blood drives will be held Wednesday, April 28:

• The Yates Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 463 North Main St., Penn Yan

Weather conditions and illness continue to affect participation in many blood drives. Blood drives follow the highest standards of safety and infection control. Donors are required to wear masks, and all staff and volunteers are masked and gloved. 

Donors of all blood types are needed to replenish blood supplies. Remember, one unit of blood can help up to three patients. 

Tales With Tails 

Wednesday, April 28, 3 pm, Dundee Library – Our kiddos have chosen a Little Red Riding Hood MysteryTheater theme for their production! We are creating our own script, designing our own set, costumes, and sound effects!  We can’t wait to present this production to you this Summer!  

Girls Who Code

Wednesday,  April 28, 4 pm, Dundee Library – Girls in grades 3rd-5th and 6th-12th try something new this year!  This club is for you if you enjoy computer science and/or coding.  We are mixing things up this month by working on our Girls Who Code page, STEM  and coding activities and reading about other Girls and Women Who Code.  We are reading the second book in the companion series:  Please call 607-243-5938 with questions. 


APRIL 29

Story Time: Arbor Day

Thursday, April 29, 10:30 am, Dundee Library & Dundee Library Facebook Page – Arbor Day is an unusual Holiday in that it celebrates the future.  Join us for while we celebrate Arbor Day with these reads Arbor Day Square by Kathryn O. Galbraith and The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward.  

Aspiring Chefs:  May Day Baskets

Thursday, April 29, 4 p.m., Dundee Library Facebook Page – Assemble a May Day Basket for a friend and hang it on their door.  These cute little baskets usually are filled with Spring flowers and candies.  P.S. May Day is May 1.  

Let’s Talk: Menstruation

Wednesday, April 28, 6 p.m. – Learn about menstruation from a health educator and in a safe, non-judgmental setting—be sure to bring your questions! Please email info@pypl.org to register. Presented by Olivia Clinton, Health Educator from Finger Lakes Community Health, and hosted on Zoom by Penn Yan Public Library.


APRIL 30

STEM On The Go: Birds

Friday, April 30, Pickup from 2 - 5 pm, Dundee Library – Love STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering & Math).  This month it is all about the beeks, of birds that is. Week one:  Eat Like A Bird I, Diets of Birds.  Week two:  Eat Like A Bird 2, Actually try to eat like a bird.  Week three: Build Your Own Bird Feeder.   Week four:  How Tweet It Is.  Week five:  How Sweet It Is. 

Spin Art

Friday, April 30, 4 pm – Spin art is creative fun that involves paint, canvas, and power tools. Best for ages 5 and up. Dress to get messy and register today as space is limited. This will be an outdoor program that will take place at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St. in Penn Yan, and that will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Register at: tiny.cc/PYPLSpinArt

Understanding Film: MOTHER by Bong Joon-ho

Friday, April 30, 9 pm on Zoom - Penn Yan Public Library welcomes media critic and educator Mike Reiff for another insightful exploration of the art of cinema.  This month’s selection is the Korean thriller Mother; a copy is available for loan through the library and on a variety of streaming platforms, including for free on Tubi and Pluto.  Use this link to register and receive access instructions: http://bit.ly/PYPLfilm. This session will be recorded for later viewing on YouTube if you can’t attend live.  


MAY 1

May Day Meet & Greet at Care Net!

Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 162 Main St., Penn Yan – Come to the Care Net Meet & Greet May 1, rain or shine, and learn about the free and confidential services our agency provides in your community! There will be free drawings, mini May Day baskets, balloon raffle with a grand prize, face painting for the kids, and guided tour of Care Net. 

MAY 4

Watercolor Painting on Teabags (Zoom Meeting)

Tuesday, May 4, 10 AM – noon, Arts Center, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan – What is it about a tea bag that compels an artist to want to use it as a media? Tea bags provide an interesting surface and texture. Just have fun with it! Come create a 5X7 watercolor painting using a tea bag on watercolor paper as your painting surface. Paintings can be abstract or representational. Create a piece of art that can be framed or used as a special greeting card.

Cost: $20 members, $24 not-yet-members. Contact: 315-5536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online.  Zoom meeting instructions will be provided upon registration.

MAY 4-6

Glaze Party

Three sessions – May 4 through May 6, 10 AM to noon, Arts Center, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan – Do you always have trouble controlling glazes? Would you like to learn more about glazing, even design your own ceramic surfaces? In this experimental class, we will focus on the basic knowledge of glazes and multiple ways to easier control them! Make your own test tiles and design your own glazing recipes. This workshop is open to students of all levels. Cost: $50 members, $60 not-yet-members plus $10 fee for clay/glaze/firing. Contact: 315-5536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online. 


MAY 8

Needle Felting

Saturday May 8, 3 – 6 PM, Arts Center, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan –  “Paint” with fiber! Using colored wool and a sharp, hooked needle, combine and blend raw wool into a two-dimensional image that can be framed or used as a special greeting card. Cost: $30 members, $36 not-yet-members $18 materials fee for wool and felting tools. Contact: 315-5536-8226 or go to www.artscenteryatescounty.org to register and pay online.  Deadline for registration is April 30.


MAY 12

Free Workshop: Clear the Clutter

...and simplify your life and finances! Do you feel like you are drowning in clutter? Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff? Having trouble finding the item you need? Clear the Clutter and Simplify Your Life and Finances may be the workshop that helps you address these questions. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering this free workshop on Wednesday, May 12 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. online via Zoom. Nancy Reigelsperger, CCE-Steuben Financial Educator, will help you discover the strategies for taking a positive approach to controlling the clutter you might have. She will touch on ways to eliminate paper accumulation and provide alternate ways to keep sentimental items. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register at PutKnowledgeToWork.org/finance and your zoom link will be emailed to you following registration.  For more information call 607-664-2300.


MAY 15

Chicken Barbecue

Chicken barbecue by Gale-Wyn Catering, Saturday, May 15 starting at 11 a.m. at the Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan. Take-out only: dinner $10, chicken half $7. Dinner includes: half chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, salt potatoes, roll & butter. Sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter CI, Penn Yan.  P.E.O. is an educational philanthropic organization which supports education for women through scholarships and low interest loans. Our Local Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors girls, one each from Penn Yan Academy and Dundee High School. For more information on P.E.O. scholarships and loans go to www.peointernational.org/projects.


MAY 16

Benefit dinner and concert

LeTourneau Christian Center will be holding a benefit dinner and concert on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Dinner will be at 5 p.m., followed by a concert in the Tabernacle featuring Cheri Taylor, a singer/speaker from Santa Claus, Ind. Registration and pre-payment are required via the LeTourneau website at www.letourneau.org. before May 12 for dinner ($25 adults, $15 children), and advance registration is required for the 6 p.m. concert as attendance will be limited per Covid guidelines. LeTourneau Christian Center is located at 4950 County Road 11, Rushville. 


MAY 21

Blessed Hope May ladies luncheon

LeTourneau Christian Center’s Blessed Hope May ladies luncheon will be held on Friday, May 21 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Blake Ennis.  Blake is the former teaching director of Canandaigua’s Community Bible Study and the title of her talk is “God Will Hold Us Fast.”  The program link will be available on the LeTourneau Christian Center Facebook page or at LeTourneau Christian Center YouTube. Registration and $13 pre-payment is required for in-person attendance and lunch. LeTourneau Christian Center is located at 4950 County Road 11, Rushville, NY.


ONGOING

Pod Storytime

Penn Yan Public Library is offering custom outdoor “pod storytimes” for groups of fewer than eight people. Please email info@pypl.org to get started.

Spring Reading Challenge

Dundee Library – Calling all avid readers and those looking to jump start their next reading adventure!  The Dundee Library has a very rewarding reading challenge for you!  This challenge is for adults and children.  Participants will be eligible for a drawing at the end of each quarter or at the end of the year depending on the challenge. First, second, third, and fourth place prizes will be awarded at the end of June.  Prizes will include books, gift cards, and items or gift certificates to local businesses.  To participate please contact the Dundee Library to  sign-up, if you do not already have a library card with a library in the Southern Tier Library System please apply for one with us, and request a  bookmark and/or calendar challenge poster.  You may also simply keep a reading log.  Eligible materials are books, ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.   We also have the 1,000 books before kindergarten program to promote early literacy with prizes for every 100 books read!  

Hammondsport Bookworms

Little Bookworms is on Facebook Live at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays with Lauren, who will give an overview of the Weekly Activity Kit, designed for ages 0-4. They are available to pick up at the Hammondsport Library afterwards. Sign-up is required as kits are limited.

Relax & Read Teen Subscription Box

All April long – Penn Yan Public Library invites Yates County youth ages 12 to 18 years to register to get a once-a-month subscription box (actually a reusable grocery bag) full of fun stuff to help them relax and de-stress. What's in the bag? A calming, fun activity with all supplies included; a library book already checked out to you, chosen just for you;  and random swag, as our budget allows. Fill out the registration form at  https://tinyurl.com/PYPLRelax to participate, and the library will get in touch once the bag is ready to be picked up.

Bookworm Buddies

Penn Yan Public Library’s Miss Melissa reads great chapter books for elementary readers! Find links to the video playlists, plus discussion guides, at https://tinyurl.com/BBPYPL.

COVID-19 Journaling

PYPL encourages all community members to consider keeping a journal of their daily lives during these extraordinary times, and to consider this act in terms set forth by the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) in their newly-announced COVID-19 Personal History Initiative: “Through this new project, we’re encouraging all New Yorkers to keep a journal documenting what their daily lives are like during the pandemic in an effort to record and preserve the unprecedented and historical events that are currently unfolding around us. … The history of our state is told through the experiences of its citizens, and we need all New Yorkers to document this unchartered territory.” In the future, you may consider donating your writings for posterity, both to the New York State Library as well as for local preservation and access. Start writing now, and stay tuned for future announcements!

Weekly Activity

A weekly activity program for all ages will be on Hammondsport Library’s Facebook Live at noon Thursdays with Sally. Programs are recorded and may be viewed at anytime afterwards. Follow the Fred & Harriett Memorial Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.